Senate debates

Thursday, 24 March 2011

National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures — Access Arrangements) Bill 2011

In Committee

7:53 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I do not propose to speak for very long on these amendments. I think they are a fairly straightforward attempt to calm some of the nervousness that has been expressed in the debate so far about what kind of customers NBN Co. will be able to supply. The amendments, as the Australian Greens read them, simply remove some of the ambiguity that has arisen over the uses to which utilities can put the services they are buying from NBN Co.

I know it is perhaps a little bit unorthodox to produce lists of specific entities, and I know drafters are generally a little reluctant to do that kind of thing in case you leave people out, but I think in general the intention here is reasonably sensible. So the Australian Greens will be supporting these amendments.

I might just put a question to Senator Birmingham. Does coalition support for these amendments indicate that you will be changing your position or withdrawing some of your amendments down the track? I am not sure if I heard your statements correctly.

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